READING AS A KEY FACTOR FOR PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT OF ADOLESCENTS
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (ULSIT) (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to outline the benefits of the reading for the personality development of adolescents in the conditions of digital transformation in the modern society through empirical study among 245 pupils from different Bulgarian secondary schools, using the world-renowned methods in the field of contemporary psychology such as Big 5 and Basic Needs Satisfaction in General Scale – BNSG-S.
The results of the study reveal that reading young people are more likely to develop important personality skills, personality traits, intrinsic motives and values such as benevolence, intellect, imagination, acquisition of new experience, competence and etc. compared with illiterate ones. Therefore, the reading is a key factor for mental well-being and optimal functioning of the personality regarding the concept of life development during youth.
The empirical research also raises some questions related to the implementation of effective educational activities in order to stimulate the reading books among youngsters such as: studying more attractive literary works at school, more motivating literature teachers, organizing literary clubs, competitions, public lectures, charity campaigns, etc. The results obtained can be used for the development of effective educational policies and practices for the improvement of the activity of the pedagogical staff, for the stimulation of the youth development and the civic initiatives in the promotion of reading literacy among the younger generations.
Keywords: Reading, personality development, adolescents, educational initiatives.